How Much Do Web Designers Make?

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I am at a crossroads in my life at the moment. It's a really fun opportunity and I love the possibilities. I have been looking into Web Design and I am excited by the aesthetics of it.

Now, I wonder, how much can I expect to make as a Web Designer? (conservatively)

And, approximately how much time will it take for the average person to develop the skills required to make 5k/month?
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  • Profile picture of the author andrej
    It depends on many factors - e.g. how many clients will you have, how good will you be, at what price will you be offering your services, etc.
  • Profile picture of the author addison.agnote
    It will also depend on the quality of your service. The better the service that you offer the higher the probability that you will get high earnings from a web designing job.
  • Profile picture of the author sofa55
    Are you looking to run your own operation, work in-house somewhere, or do a mixture of both?

    Also, what other experience do you have outside of web design? I do web design and SEO work, but I also have a business degree, so I've found that more opportunities exist and I'm able to get different jobs because of my background.

    It's safe to say you'll never starve with web design skills, but like the others have said, there are way too many factors that go into determining what your earnings will be. All I can say with certainty is that a skilled, professional designer never hurts for work and that if you are dedicated to continuous education and always getting better that you won't be disappointed with getting into the field. It stays interesting and the opportunities are limitless.

    Conservative estimates: midwest U.S. designer with an Associates Degree and intermediary knowledge can make $35-45,000 out of the gate by working for a company doing in-house work. Expect there to be a lot of other stuff you have to do besides web design though. Bachelor's degree is a bit more to start, a computer science or programming background can result in significantly more, but there's a lot more to learn there. Starting your own firm will result in a lot less money in the beginning, but obviously there is chance for a higher return down the line. I would suggest getting a steady job and building your business on the side if that is something you want to do. Having dependable income takes a lot of stress off of your shoulders. Plus, you're basically getting paid to improve your craft so it's a win-win.
  • Profile picture of the author Karen Barr
    It can vary enormously depending on what region you live in. I'm in a regional city in the UK and I charge myself out at £15 per hour, because I'm only recently started out on my own and I'm focussing on small business clients.

    Working in London for myself I could easily double that. If I was doing development as well as design then I could probably charge £50/hour.

    If you're committed to learning the craft, I'd say you could pick up the skills within 12 months if you work really hard - like spend ALL your time building sites and improving your skills.
  • Profile picture of the author Hakem
    At the moment, I am a freelancer, with offline clients I charge $1000 per website, and for the site, i just customize a premium wordpress template for them and they pay.
  • Profile picture of the author silverspear
    I am earning $100 for 5 page website, it all depends on your country and region.
  • Profile picture of the author IprovideSEO
    I am in the same position of starting out in web design and offering SEO services as well.

    From the information I have gathered my friends/family that work in SEO firms and Wordpress site creations make $1,500-3,000 per site and an extra $3,000 per month for SEO services.

    The reason they can charge $3,000 per month on SEO services is because the entire firm works on getting your site to the 1st page of Google and increases the ROI (return on investment) for the company 10 fold. If you can create value for a company and show them the results they will employ you. The thing that is hard about starting out is finding clients willing to employ you without any background or evidence that your work can produce profits for them.

    I suggest finding a web design company in your area and work for them for a couple years then venture off on your own (and take clients with you).
  • Profile picture of the author L3ak3r
    It usually depends on you Skills.
    i guess a wordpress theme designer can easily make more than 100 bucks a day
  • Profile picture of the author ezbiz
    The bottom figure should be about $100 for an easy 5 page site, more complex sites at 1k+. But keep in mind that once the core of the site is done the other pages are quick and easy to add. So for some people that could be $100 an hour and for others $100 per day. Depends on how efficient you are and your library of everything needed.
  • Profile picture of the author jasonthewebmaster
    Don't listen to these amateurs in this thread. If you have the skills then charge more, and expect more, you are worth it!! Unless you are worth only $100, then feel free to charge that...
  • Profile picture of the author jasonthewebmaster
    Originally Posted by ezbiz View Post

    The bottom figure should be about $100 for an easy 5 page site, more complex sites at 1k+. But keep in mind that once the core of the site is done the other pages are quick and easy to add. So for some people that could be $100 an hour and for others $100 per day. Depends on how efficient you are and your library of everything needed.
    ?? are you still selling HTML sites?

    nobody charges by page anymore

    even if I did i would never do a site for only $100 - even a 1 page site!

    you are only shooting yourself in the foot when you do that
  • Profile picture of the author jasonthewebmaster
    Originally Posted by jkhdsf View Post

    I am at a crossroads in my life at the moment. It's a really fun opportunity and I love the possibilities. I have been looking into Web Design and I am excited by the aesthetics of it.

    Now, I wonder, how much can I expect to make as a Web Designer? (conservatively)

    And, approximately how much time will it take for the average person to develop the skills required to make 5k/month?

    LOL honestly you shouldn't even consider selling web design services or you will be just like every other amateur who thinks they can make money with web deisgn just because they know a bit of HTML

    then they charge super cheap and it's ridiculous.. since you go around offering $100 web design, then every business owner thinks that they should not have to pay any more than that for a website.. but in reality it's the difference between hiring an amateur with no experience and a real professional.

    no worries, you guys can have all the cheap-skate clients and save the high-end ones for me.. keep scraping the bottom of the barrel and hoping to get rich LOL!
  • Profile picture of the author LeviiStar
    How much a web designer makes is largely situational.

    Of course, how good you are at what you do plays an important part in your earnings but it's not everything. Often, how you conduct your business and interact with clients can act in your favor. And, as long as you can admit defeat and hire a credible freelancer for a couple of hours to sort out things you find you can't deliver, you shouldn't run into any huge problems. The worst thing that could happen would be to start off and find yourself just making your clients angry. A great way to start a new endeavour, eh?

    As for what to charge when you're first getting started, I would suggest that you offer a few local businesses your services free of charge. That way, you can test the waters and get a feel for what a web designer is actually asked to do. You also learn faster from experience.

    Realistically, if you're just getting started with web design, Photoshop, Dreamweaver and so on, it'll be about 1-2 years before you can really start marketing yourself. This timeframe is quite fluid though. If you work hard and are dedicated to learning design techniques and the latest development methods used, you could be making $5k a month as soon as both you and your clients feel that your skills are worth that amount.

    I charge approximately $1,000 per website, with about 10 on the go at any one time, and they're usually a customised WordPress installation or a custom CMS built to the clients requirements. Granted, I 'designed' my first website when I was 11 (I'm now 24) and though it was awful (It was a single page website about Pokemon that consisted only of animated GIFs), I've continued to learn and obviously produce very high quality work now.

    I think the most I've earnt off of one website was $2500 and it took about 8 hours of design/development work and 2 twenty minute meetings at Starbucks. :p
  • Profile picture of the author gaffg
    Wolffolins.com make $650,000 designing the logo for the 2012 London Olympic games
  • Profile picture of the author davidjons
    It really depends on the work you need to do.
  • Profile picture of the author Viula
    Value does depend a lot on market and skills. They're never exact but many already gave you some good estimates.

    One thing I'd like to add is if you're doing this locally make sure you aren't undercutting the market too much otherwise you're just devaluing yourself. As long as you can perform what is required never charge overly low "just to get that job". It's not worth!
  • Profile picture of the author Best shared hosting
    Its tottaly depends on your dedication, hard work and your efficiency. If you try your best your earning will also best. Before doing anything just think you can do it and you have to do it.. You will success i promise..
  • Profile picture of the author Ryan Butz
    I think there is good money to be made in websites don't get me wrong, but you have to seperate yourself as just any other designer that can make a nice looking website. If you bring value through SEO, or through branding, or social media efforts than you can put numbers and values to your pricing. If the client is going to get a proven ROI that will bring them in business they will go with you. Atleast the smart business will. It's not about being penny wise and pound foolish
  • Profile picture of the author Patrick
    Well I charge $100-$300 for any website, this way I get more clients and I make more

    And yes one of the reasons why I make much, is coz I spend a lot of hours in front pf my laptop, and I can work FAST.
  • Profile picture of the author Karen Barr
    Originally Posted by jasonthewebmaster View Post

    LOL honestly you shouldn't even consider selling web design services or you will be just like every other amateur who thinks they can make money with web deisgn just because they know a bit of HTML

    then they charge super cheap and it's ridiculous.. since you go around offering $100 web design, then every business owner thinks that they should not have to pay any more than that for a website.. but in reality it's the difference between hiring an amateur with no experience and a real professional.

    no worries, you guys can have all the cheap-skate clients and save the high-end ones for me.. keep scraping the bottom of the barrel and hoping to get rich LOL!
    Your attitude is repellent. Just sayin'.

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